Another Q Anon

09/05/2018

Well, now we not only have one Q Anon, we have two.  How wonderful.

An anonymous source who supposedly works on the White House staff supposedly wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times. I say, supposedly. MSNBC ran with the story without verifying it and interviewed Steve Schmidt, a campaign strategist by profession (in other words, a political hack). Given that an anonymous person had just publicly attacked a sitting American president, Schmidt took the liberty to do a complete butcher job on him.  At least, he labeled himself for what he is, a member of the Resistance.  While I don’t doubt that there are people working on the White House staff who don’t support Trump politically, I seriously doubt that this anonymous person is real.  It’s simply a way to vilify the president for political gain.  How convenient.

So, now we have two Q Anons when one may be one too many.  However, perhaps, this was simply an indirect way of discrediting the other Q Anon. Whatever. That’s why I rarely comment on politics.  Hats off, though, to the New York Times for running a creative story even if it was fake news, although that’s why they have become just another failing media institution.

 

“Everything is backwards, everything is upside down. Doctors destroy health, lawyers destroy justice, psychiatrists destroy minds, scientists destroy truth, major media destroys information, religions destroy spirituality and governments destroy freedom.”

                – Michael Ellner

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Despite previous posts, I continually get questions as to who the Sumerians were. Same goes for Caucasians. To clarify, they were, more or less, one and the same thing.  That goes for the Yazidis as well. Ditto King Tut. Ditto most North Africans. Ditto the ancient Israelites.

However, let’s first define some of these names so that we are perfectly clear. The term Caucasian is generally applied to the white race or someone of European ancestry, although it has a much broader meaning.  According to Wikipedia, the Caucasian race is a group of people including some or all of the ancient and modern populations of EuropeWestern AsiaCentral AsiaSouth AsiaNorth Africa, and the Horn of Africa (mostly settlers from Holland and other parts of Europe); in other words, white to brown skin, light to dark eyes and blonde to dark hair. More specifically, a Caucasian refers to a person with a Caucasoid skull, of which the commonly known Nordic skull is one of three Caucasoid types.

The term Caucasian came about because of the belief that Caucasians originated from the Caucasus Mountains in West Asia, in the area between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (which currently includes countries like Georgia, Azerbaijan and the southernmost part of Russia).  While many Caucasians lived in this area at one time (and still do), their history goes much deeper than what is in the history books.

It’s important to note that the Sumerian civilization preceded the Greek Civilization which is widely credited as the birthplace of modern/Western civilization.  However, the Sumerian Civilization was far greater than the Greek Civilization ever was and the origins of civilization actually go back to Sumer. If you want to read up on the Sumerian Civilization, I would suggest Stanley Kramer’s book History Begins at Sumer.

Actually, the Greek Civilization was a remnant of the Sumerian Civilization.  People like Archimedes, Pythagoras, Plato, Aristotle and Socrates were all descendants of the Sumerians, who migrated westward thru the Mediterranean to places like Crete, Cyprus and Greece (which are a stone’s throw from Mesopotamia, the homeland of the Sumerians).

When the Sumerian Civilization dispersed, it went in all directions including east to China, as the Caucasian mummies of the Tarim Basin are a testament to. Their descendants were some of the great figures of ancient history, including Alexander the Great, Abraham (from the Bible), the Roman emperors, the European kings and some of the Egyptian pharaohs/royalty (like King Tut, Akhenaten and Nefertiti). The Sumerians were eventually known by many names.  For example, the Israelite tribe of Dan migrated through Russia to Germany, to Scandinavia (the Vikings) and eventually on to the British Isles.

One of the legacies of Sumerian Civilization is language. The languages of the Sumerian descendants is referred to as the Indo-European family of languages – everything from Sanskrit in the east (India) to the Romance languages of Europe in the west, as well as two of the great languages of the past three thousand years (Greek and English).

So, perhaps this has answered the questions of some of you and peaked the curiosity of others.  Yet, some will no doubt ask what the relevance is of this look-back in history.  Well, there is a link and it’s this: In some circles, descendancy from the Sumerian kings gives those people what they feel is a divine right to rule. You might be surprised to know that a majority of Americans are Sumerian by ancestry and all U.S. presidents are descended from European/Irish/Scottish kings (even Barack Obama) and are therefore descendants of the ruling Sumerian elite.  They all have what I call the DNA of the gods.

This history is also tied in to a recent call by some to eradicate the white race. This rhetoric, oddly enough, comes from other white people. Of course, this is simply a ploy since those whites calling for the eradication of their own race are not going to set an example by killing themselves first; far from it.  The real reason is… well, I’ll let you connect the dots.  You see, it’s a dirty little secret that you’re not supposed to know about, although, now I think you know.

“With stunning abruptness… there appears in this little Sumerian mud garden… the whole cultural syndrome that has since constituted the germinal unit of all the high civilizations of the world.”

   – Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God 

 

If you’re familiar with the Schrodinger’s Cat paradox, then you know that science grapples with the question of what reality is and, therefore, whether anything that you believe in is real.

In that regard, Einstein said that reality was an illusion. Philosopher Immanuel Kant argued that time and space were not inherent qualities of the physical world but rather a reflection of the way the mind operates. In other words, time is a function of consciousness. Astronomer, physicist Arthur Eddington summed it up pretty well when he wrote that, “In the world of physics…the shadow of my elbow rests on the shadow table as the shadow ink flows over the shadow paper…the frank realization that physical science is concerned with a world of shadow…”

Despite this, people think that they can discern reality with their physical senses, or at least they only acknowledge that which they physically experience. I guess that they never read Lincoln Barnett who wrote, in The Universe and Dr. Einstein, “Along with philosophers’ reduction of all objective reality to a shadow-world of perceptions, scientists have become aware of the alarming limitations of man’s senses.” People simply ignore what science has been trying to tell them and focus only on what their physical senses experience. They think that their physical senses can tell the difference between what is real and what is an illusion. Never mind that the brain cannot tell the difference between what is ”real” and what is vividly imagined.

So to better understand what the average person thinks about the world around him, I asked a number of people what a desk was made of. They generally answered wood. So, I asked where did the wood come from and they answered that it came from a tree. So, I inquired what a tree was composed of and a few said molecules… and the molecules were composed of atoms. Now, here’s where thinks get a little murky.

Science says that atoms are 99.99999999% empty space! So, what is a desk really made of? The answer is almost exclusively empty space.  Your senses cannot cannot tell you that the desk is really empty space. Well, almost-empty space since there is no such thing as empty space.

Aside: It is the quantum field that physicist David Bohm said is the true source of our reality. Our physical world, according to Bohm, is projected from another realm which is beyond space and time. A projection you understand.

It is said that perception is reality. That’s somewhat true but woefully incomplete. Perception is what we use to define that which we “think” is real. However, we cannot perceive the true reality (the quantum field) and so our beliefs are based upon an illusion as Einstein would have it, an illusion created by our physical senses. Theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg elaborated on our inability to perceive reality in his now-famous Uncertainty Principle for which he received the Nobel Prize in physics. However, why would people want to study Heisenberg when they believe that they understand what is real (based on their own personal sensory experience). In fact, the smarter that a person is the less likely that they will question their own physical senses.

The famous Double-Slit Experiment forever changed the way that science viewed the way that things work. Prior to the experiment, objects were deemed to be separate from human consciousness. Afterwards, it was clearly understood that the observer was an integral part of the experiment and affected the outcome. As physicist John Wheeler put it, “The universe does not exist ‘out there,’ independent of us. We are inescapably involved in bringing about that which appears to be happening. We are not only observers. We are participators.” Try understanding that with your physical senses.

Man has always been in search of the unanswerable, in search of his origins, in search of himself.

At one time, man was believed to have originated in Africa. The “out of Africa” theory was the brainchild of Professors Alan Wilson and Rebecca Cann. Of course, even back then, they realized that their theory was only a possibility, not a fact. Subsequently, their own DNA testing indicated that Homo sapiens first developed from the Australian aborigines about 400,000 years ago (with no genetic links to Africa).

Then, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology made a genetic discovery also dating back to about 400,000 years ago. This find was made in Spain and also has no genetic link to Africa. However, it does have a genetic link to… Australia. So, the two oldest human DNA samples yet found were from Australia and Europe, with a genetic link to each other but with no link to Africa. This literally rewrites evolutionary history.

At a meeting of the Royal Society in London, these DNA finds, among others, were discussed by some of the brightest minds in the field of genetics. Researchers had previously identified three kinds of hominids who had interbred with each other in ancient times, namely Homo sapiens, Neanderthals, and Denisovans. The talk of the conference was a study done by the Harvard Medical School on a find from Siberia. The study found that the Denisovans had sex with an unknown group in Asia more than 30,000 years ago, a group which was neither human nor Neanderthal. Mark Thomas, an evolutionary geneticist at University College London, summed it up nicely as follows: “What it begins to suggest is that we’re looking at a Lord of the Rings-type world — that there were many hominid populations.”

Note: Of course, both the Bible and ancient Sumerian texts refer to humans having sex  with a non-human species so perhaps this shouldn’t come as a surprise.

Some other interesting genetic findings are as follows:

  • Between 4000-6000 years ago, some extremely unusual DNA was first found in the people of Denmark. It’s referred to as “Haplogroup I1” and geneticists have no idea where it came from. It only appears in the Nordic races. No other group of people on the planet Earth have this DNA unless they have come in contact with Nordic people.
  • A recent story in the news concerned a young Caucasian girl who had her DNA tested and discovered that her ancestry hails from North Africa. That’s mind-blowing until one looks at the DNA testing involving North Africa. Turns out that North Africa’s gene pool is, in fact, Caucasian. Two Caucasian groups living in North Africa for at least two thousand years are the Tuaregs and the Berbers, both Caucasian people. This in turn might explain the next finding.
  • DNA testing on the Egyptian boy-pharaoh King Tut revealed that he is related to 70% of the men in England. In other words, he is Caucasian, albeit one with a severely elongated skull.
  • A study by the University of Cambridge found that the DNA of humans contains 145 ‘alien’ genes not passed on from our ancestors.

Note: Genetics aside, the different human skull types demonstrate that man evolved  from different gene pools.

However, some genetic studies have led to places that most would have never expected. For example, scientists working to map human DNA (as part of the Human Genome Project) concluded there are arithmetic patterns and symbolic language encoded within our DNA. They, therefore, believe that man’s “junk DNA” is the genetic code of extraterrestrial life forms. That theory might be referred to as Directed Panspermia. It was popularized by Francis Crick who won the Nobel Prize, along with James Watson, for their discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule. Even an ardent atheist like Richard Dawkins admitted, in an interview with Ben Stein, that man’s DNA has a designer and he mentioned extraterrestrial contact.

As for DNA itself, it has an exquisite language composed of 3 billion genetic letters. DNA is, in essence, an immensely complex instruction manual on how cells operate. As Bill Gates has himself said, DNA has an operating system that is far more advanced than any of our supercomputers. Therefore, you can only imagine the intelligence that was required to program it.

However, there is even more to the story of our origins. Oddly enough, some of us have Rh negative blood. Man alone has this trait, although Africans and Asians rarely have Rh negative blood. Some of us get diseases that the rest of us don’t (e.g. sickle cell) and we all don’t all share the same blood type or DNA haplogroup type. Obviously, there was more than one original gene pool. Obviously, we didn’t all come out of Africa.

Man is supposedly the most highly developed species on the planet. Surprisingly, however, we are ill-equipped for Earth’s environment. We come to this world with certain disadvantages that animals don’t have. For example, we can’t cope with sunlight, we have a strong dislike for certain natural foods, we have chronic back problems and we have very high rates of disease. These are things which should not happen if we evolved naturally on this planet. Man, in effect, is alien to this world.

The human race has been searching for answers for its existence from the beginning. Accordingly, man often posited that there was a creator of one sort or another. Some gave that creator the designation of God and recently some scientists have said that man’s creator was of extraterrestrial origin (aliens, in other words). The funny thing is that in our search for aliens, man just may have found himself as it seems that man, himself, is an alien.

 

Epilogue

In the view of cosmologist Max Tegmark, everything in the universe, including humans, is part of a mathematical structure. According to Tegmark, everything in nature is full of patterns such as the Fibonacci sequence, which is mathematically based. Tegmark contends, though, that math was not invented by man, but simply discovered by man. So, then, who did invent mathematics?

 

“The spiral in a snail’s shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it’s also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It’s the same ratio that you’ll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world.”           – Joseph Gordon-Levitt

 

 

 

The Chosen People

04/08/2018

Why were the Israelites the Chosen People? The real answer may surprise you.

Some Christians would say that God (Jehovah) chose the Israelites because he loved them more, and the Bible does actually say something to that effect. Some would say that there were other reasons, to be sure. However, here’s the real reason, according to the Bible itself, and I’m pretty sure that you will not hear this preached from the pulpit.

In Chapter 10 of Genesis, the Bible says that mankind was scattered across the globe after the Flood and separated into nations (from the families of the sons of Noah).  It’s sometimes referred to as the “Table of Nations”.  As for Yahweh, he was allotted Israel by the Most High (presumably God), as can be seen in Deuteronomy 32:8-9, as follows:

“When the Most High divided their inheritance to the nations, when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries of the peoples according to the number of the children of Israel. For the Lord’s (Yahweh) portion is his people; Jacob (Israel) is the place of his inheritance.”

So the Israelites were in fact a Chosen People, chosen for Yahweh as opposed to having been chosen by Yahweh.

When Yahweh said that he would promise to be the god of the Israelites if they would promise that he (Yahweh) would be their only god, that was a mischaracterization of what actually happened. Yahweh/Jehovah had already been selected to be responsible for Israel. It had nothing to do with the covenant on behalf of the Israelites to accept Jehovah as their one and only god.

By the way, you either are God or you are not. If you are, then by definition you would be the god of everyone, including the Israelites. No covenant would ever be necessary.

 

Epilogue

The inconvenient truth is that Yahweh/Jehovah was not God (the Most High) who is mentioned in Deuteronomy 32. With that in mind, it now makes sense why the Creator was called “God” in Genesis 1 (from the Hebrew name Elohim) and why God was called “Lord God” in Genesis 2 (from the Hebrew names Jehovah and Elohim). That is, the God of Genesis 1 was the Prime Creator and the god of Genesis 2 was an altogether different entity, a lower god.

In the immortal words of Eddie Murphy, “Chosen One, my behind”, from the movie The Golden Child.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, I just got back from sunrise Easter services and I’m reflecting back on what I was doing there.

Was it because I was celebrating the resurrection of Jesus? Well, no on two counts.  While as  Paul said that Jesus was resurrected in the spirit, he never said that he was resurrected in the body.  In fact, he said that it was impossible for the physical body to inherit the Kingdom of God. Secondly, Easter originally was the pagan festival celebrating the sun god (not son god).

So, Christianity is, in reality, a corruption of astral theology.  The pagan festival celebrating the sun god (later named Sol Invictus) was held on December 25th, followed by a festival on the spring equinox celebrating his resurrection. It was only later, we got Christmas and Easter.

 

“The pagan belief was that the sun died on the winter solstice (December 22nd) because on that day the sun reached its lowest point in the heavens. The sun was then considered to be “dead and buried” for three days because it stayed at this lowest point on the horizon during that time. When the sun once again made its way higher in the heavens on December 25th, it was said to have been born again (resurrected)” 

    – The Ethical Warrior, Why Are Christians Leaving the Church?

“There were giants (nephilim) in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4

 

The Bible says in various passages that giants existed upon the earth in olden times. The Jewish apocryphal work The Book of Giants, which was found at Qumran, has many details not found in the Bible with respect to those giants. For example, see the following link for a  picture of Nefertiti and her husband, the pharaoh Akhenaten, holding adult humans:

https://www.gettyimages.com/event/in-focus-tutankhamun-tomb-may-reveal-resting-place-of-queen-nefertiti-593962061

Those very same giant Egyptians visited the Grand Canyon in ancient times and left behind lots of artifacts. Places around the Grand Canyon even have Egyptian names. To see what  those Egyptians looked like check out a life-size statue at the Grand Canyon at the following link:

https://search.aol.com/aol/image?q=giant+statues+inside+Grand+Canyon&s_it=img-ans&v_t=comsearch#id=0&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fasheepnomore.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2015%2F06%2Fgiants_under_grand_canyon.jpg&action=click

In recent times, they have found lots and lots of skeletons – all over the world. See the following link: http://www.ancientpages.com/2014/04/29/giants-did-exist-and-were-a-part-of-earths-ancient-history/ There are also artifacts from ancient Sumeria picturing the Sumerian gods next to humans. Same thing. They were giants too. And of course, then there was Goliath who was a little fella by comparison. That’s what you get when the gene pool gets watered down over many generations.

The tallest man, according to the Guinness Book of Records, was about nine feet tall and once lived in Illinois. Of course, they have only been keeping track for some 70 years or so. Whatever, I would have loved to have had a “big” brother that tall.

 

The eyes of that species of extinct Giant, whose bones fill the Mounds of America, have gazed on Niagara, as ours do now.

– Abraham Lincoln

The Tardy Messiah

03/18/2018

So if Jesus was the messiah, there are some people who might ask how come he hasn’t returned yet. For me, the better question is why would anyone expect him to return after some 2,000 years.

Actually, the Bible tells us what should have happened, but it’s never discussed from the pulpit. Why not? Let’s try and break it down.

Christian theologian Albert Schweitzer, whose book The Quest For the Historical Jesus is considered a seminal work of biblical scholarship, said that the Christian interpretation of the Second Coming is wrong! The reason is that, according to Schweitzer, the Bible actually states that the End Times would occur in the lifetime of the disciples, and not some 2,000 years later. He cited Matthew 24:34, among other biblical passages, in which Jesus says that the end of the world will occur in the lifetime of the disciples. C.S. Lewis, a Christian apologist himself, said of this passage, “It is certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.”

Note: For further corroboration, you can look at any of the following:

 

  • Mark 13:30
  • Luke 21:32
  • Mark 8:38
  • Matthew 23:36
  • Matthew 10:23
  • Revelation 1:3
  • 1 Corinthians 10:11
  • Revelation 22: 6,7
  • Revelation 22:10,12
  • 1 Peter 1:20
  • 1 Peter 4:7
  • Revelation 22:20
  • Hebrews 10:24-25
  • 1 John 2:18
  • 1 Corinthians 7:29,31
  • James 5:8,9
  • Matthew 16:28
  • Luke 9:27
  • Mark 9:1
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17

The Bible is very clear that the Second Coming/ End Times are to take place in the lifetime of the disciples. So, the messiah is tardy, some 2,000 years late. As the Bible asks about his failed promise to return, “They will say, ‘Where is the promise of his coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all things are continuing as they were from the beginning of creation.’” (2 Peter 3:4)

Tell me again, why are we still waiting?

 

 

“Jesus of Nazareth was an apocalyptic prophet who anticipated the imminent end of the age and who warned his Jewish compatriots to repent in view of the cosmic crisis that was soon to come. God, Jesus proclaimed, would intervene in the course of history to overthrow the forces of evil, sending from heaven a divine-like figure called the Son of Man in a cataclysmic act of judgment.  This Son of Man would bring a new order to this world, a utopian kingdom to replace the evil empire that oppresses God’s people.   And this was to occur within Jesus’ generation.”

– Bart Ehrman, biblical scholar and theologian

 

P.S. Thank you Bart, but remind me why this is rarely preached from the pulpit?

 

 

 

Try this brain teaser: If a plane, a train and an automobile all leave Denver for New York City, which one will get there first. A plane, of course. Well… maybe not. Check this out.

According to science, the Earth rotates counterclockwise to the east. The speed with which the earth rotates is calculated as follows: circumference of the Earth is 40,070 kilometers, and the day is 24 hours long so the speed is 1,670 kilometers/hour or 1,037 miles/hr. That’s basic science, supposedly.

If a flight leaves Denver and flies due east, towards New York City, and is traveling at an average speed of 500 miles an hour, how long will it take to arrive in New York City about 1,500 miles away? Well, the math would seem to indicate that it would take 3 hours to go 1,500 miles at 500 miles/hr.  If I wanted to, I could even confirm the flight time in any airline’s flight schedule. Yep. Just over 3 hours.

However, the Earth is rotating at a speed of 1,000 miles/hr. which is far faster than the plane can fly.  As a result when the plane takes off from Denver, New York City becomes gradually further and further away. So, explain to me just how the plane ever reaches its destination?

So, what’s wrong with this picture?  The only way to explain this seeming anomaly is to posit that the Earth doesn’t rotate! Why? Well, because if a plane is traveling 1,500 miles at 500 miles an hour and arriving in 3 hours, then the object that it is traveling over must, by definition, be motionless!  “By definition”, I mean that it is a mathematical certainty. At least, that’s what they taught me in school.

 

“As far as the laws of mathematics refer to to reality, they are not certain; and as far as     they are certain, they do not refer to reality.”  – Albert Einstein

 

The world’s oldest cold case is now almost two thousand years old and counting.  What makes this case peculiar is a lack of information, the lack of a victim and possibly the lack of a crime being committed. I’m talking about the missing body of Jesus, of course.

 

The crucifixion

After the crucifixion, the body of Jesus was presumably placed in a tomb near the crucifixion site. A couple of days later, the tomb was found open and the body was gone. I refer to it as “The Case of the Missing Body.” Not long after the body went missing, Jesus was seen by some of his friends (and others) but from there the trail went cold and Jesus was never seen or heard from again. From a forensic standpoint, the missing body makes it impossible to determine the cause of death (assuming that there was one). It’s circumstantial evidence only. So, let’s see if that evidence might lead somewhere.

For starters, we should consider some strange facts in the case, as follows:

  • On the cross, Jesus was given a sponge soaked in vinegar because he was thirsty.
  • Jesus died after just a few hours on the cross.

Observations: The point of a crucifixion was for the person to die a slow, painful death.  It’s, therefore, inconsistent that the person would be given something to quench his thirst; and Pontius Pilate couldn’t understand how Jesus could have died so soon when people take days to die on the cross.  Even the other two men crucified with Jesus were still alive when Jesus supposedly died.

The crucifixion, itself, doesn’t make sense on several levels. First of all, the crucifixion took place in a private garden that was at a distance from any onlookers (Luke 23:49). The reason that doesn’t make sense is because a crucifixion was always done in public to dissuade others from also being troublemakers.

Aside: The fact that the crucifixion was not public meant the it would have been possible for someone to manipulate the events. Certainly, the fact that onlookers were kept at a distance means that any testimony concerning the crucifixion is suspect.

Secondly, after Jesus was given the sponge, he lost consciousness.  So, whatever was on the sponge probably caused him to lose consciousness if not, in fact, kill him. There are probably only two possibilities for what was on the sponge – a drug or a poison. So, we should be asking who had access to the spear that was used to give Jesus the vinegar. Who was at the foot of the cross when the crucifixion was taking place in a private garden when onlookers were only able to watch from a distance?

Aside: According to the gospels of both Matthew and Mark, it wasn’t Mary or Mary Magdalene as they watched from afar.

Finally, according to Mark 15:42, Jesus was crucified “the day before the Sabbath.” The crucifixion began just hours before sundown, at which time no Jew could then handle a dead body.  Since it was highly unlikely that anyone would expire on the cross in just a few hours, there was no point in starting a crucifixion at that time…unless you expected that you would be able to take that person down early from the cross because of the approaching Sabbath.

 

The mystery

A mysterious figure surrounding the crucifixion was someone referred to in the Bible only as Joseph of Arimathea. The Bible says that he was a wealthy and influential man, a member of the Sanhedrin, and that the crucifixion took place in a garden on his private property (as was the tomb). Strangely enough, though, the crucifixion is the only time that the Bible mentions such an important figure. Here’s what little the Bible does tell us about the man. It was Joseph of Arimathea who brought a very large amount of myrrh and aloe (75 pounds by one account and 100 pounds by another), which also have medicinal uses, to the tomb wherein the body of Jesus was laid. It was Joseph of Arimathea who was referred to as a secret disciple of Jesus (John 19:38).  Lastly, it was Joseph of Arimathea who asked Pilate for the body of Jesus, which was contrary to Roman law.

Aside: There is no proof that the body of Jesus was ever inside the tomb.  Remember it was Joseph of Arimathea and another disciple, Nicodemus, who supposedly put the body there and rolled a stone in front of the entrance to the tomb, with no witnesses to that event. Furthermore, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were arguably the last persons to see the body of Jesus when they brought the myrrh and aloe to the tomb.

The post-resurrection appearances of Jesus adds another layer of mystery to the investigation. You wonder if anyone truly recognized Jesus; certainly not Mary Magdalene who thought he was a gardener, not the disciples who spent two days with Jesus and yet thought he was a total stranger, and not Paul who only heard a voice which he could not recognize.

 

Beyond the Bible

Given that the New Testament accounts were written by anonymous authors years after-the-fact and given that the gospels contradict each other on key “facts”, it was necessary to look at other religious scriptures of the day, which were excluded from the Bible, for possible clues.

Gnostic writings indicate that Joseph of Arimathea was, perhaps, James, the brother of Jesus. In that case, the name Joseph would have actually been an Essenes title given to the second born of a dynastic succession.  That would make some sense, then, that Pontius Pilate might have released the body of Jesus if it was to an important member of Jesus’ family.  With respect to the crucifixion being held on private property, that also makes sense only if (1) Joseph of Arimathea was the brother of Jesus and (2) that Joseph and Pilate were friends, as it states in the Gospel of Peter.  As for Joseph of Arimathea being Jesus’ brother, Joseph of Arimathea was said to have been a secret disciple of Jesus and James, the brother of Jesus, did become the leader of the Nazarene movement post-crucifixion.  It all sort of ties together.

However, the biggest find might just have come from the Gospel of Peter, a work that was held in high regard during early Christianity but was left out of the Bible. In the Gospel of Peter 37-38, we find that the soldiers guarding the tomb reported back to Pilate that, “…and the sepulchre was opened and both of the young men entered in. When therefore those soldiers saw… again three men come out of the sepulchre, and two of them sustaining the other….” So, perhaps we have the smoking gun. Someone took the body of Jesus, seemingly alive, out of the tomb.  It was shortly thereafter that Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and found that the body, and the guards, were missing.  The guards were missing because they presumably had gone back to report to Pilate that the body was taken out of the tomb.  Soon thereafter, Jesus, or someone pretending to be Jesus, made an appearance to Mary Magdalene outside the tomb. So, that sequence seems to fit together nicely.

Aside: Lending credibility to the report in the Gospel of Peter is the fact that in early Christianity some Christians believed that the body of Jesus was stolen out of the tomb. Therefore, the author of the Gospel of Matthew felt it was important to try to deflect that story (see Matthew 28:11-15).

 

Solving the case

There is no proof in the Bible of a resurrection. The only account in the Bible of the resurrection is in the Gospel of Mark which even the Catholic Church admits is a very late addition.  Validating that admission is the fact that there is no account of a resurrection in the oldest versions of the Gospel of Mark (e.g. the Sinai Bible). If there was no resurrection, then Jesus did not rise up to Heaven and as Paul rightly concluded, “And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile….” (1 Corinthians 15:17).

So, where’s the body? Well, there are only two possibilities as to what happened to the body of Jesus – either he died on the cross and someone stole the corpse or he survived the crucifixion and died, and was buried, sometime thereafter.  Both are plausible possibilities.

Of course, it is possible that Joseph of Arimathea took the corpse since he had access to it (and presumably put it in the tomb), although we have no way of knowing whether he did put the body in the tomb or not.  So, it’s possible that the guards might have been guarding an empty tomb the whole time.  Then again, maybe the rumors of someone stealing the corpse from the tomb is true.  I have to presume, however, that there would have been some account somewhere of someone stealing a corpse – and there isn’t.  In addition, the body of Jesus has never been recovered.

It was Sherlock Holmes who once said that, “When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” So, the only possibility that we are left with is that Jesus survived the crucifixion. The question is whether or not there is enough evidence to convince us that he did survive the crucifixion.  So, let’s recap.

  • There is no proof that Jesus died on the cross.  In fact, even Pilate doubted the report of Jesus’ death.
  • There is no proof of a resurrection.
  • Jesus could have been helped from the tomb, as it was reported in the Gospel of Peter (or, perhaps, his body was never in the tomb in the first place).
  • Jesus was seen by a number of people after the crucifixion.

So, how did the events unfold, then? Although it cannot be conclusively proven, the logical choice for the person who gave Jesus the drug while he was on the cross is none other than Joseph of Arimathea, especially given that he was possibly the brother of Jesus. It was his garden so it would only be natural that he might be there, and since he was friends with Pilate he would undoubtedly have had access to the proceedings. He’s also the one that asked Pilate for the body, he’s the one that buried (or disposed of) the body and he’s the one who brought the myrrh and aloe to the tomb (or wherever the body was laid). If two men did help Jesus to get out of the tomb, what better candidates do you have than the two disciples, Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus. After all, these events took place on the private property of Joseph of Arimathea.

However, the clincher appears to come from none other than early church father Irenaeus. In his famous work “Against Heresies,” Irenaeus wrote that Jesus went to India after the crucifixion and lived to an advanced age. Jesus’ return to India, after the crucifixion, is confirmed in the Acts of Thomas which is based on the evangelistic mission to India of the disciple Thomas.  Further, the 15th century Persian historian Mir Khwand wrote that after the crucifixion Jesus lived for a while near Damascus, Syria at a place referred to as Mayuam-i-isa, which literally means “The place where Jesus lived.”

Any number of people were reported to have seen Jesus after the crucifixion. If there was no resurrection, he therefore must have survived the crucifixion. This is confirmed by the Bible, itself. It says that Jesus told Mary Magdalene at the tomb that he had not yet risen. Maybe, Sherlock Holmes was right. As improbable as it may have seemed originally, Jesus apparently did survive the crucifixion.

 

Epilogue

I do believe, however, that there is a deeper mystery that is disguised by the gospel stories. It’s a story about an apocalyptic prophet whose own religious mission had failed. The claim that Jesus was the messiah fell on deaf ears among the Jews since clearly Jesus did not fulfill Old Testament prophecy, prophecies which were written by Jewish holy men.

Therefore, he tried to become relevant by faking his death and then directing some of his supporters to claim that he was resurrected, and therefore divine. Jesus turned his attention to the West and convinced Paul to preach, what was essentially a blend of Judaism and paganism, to the gentiles. That’s the backstory about the appearance of Jesus to Paul on the road to Damascus. Paul actually met with and then became an apostle of a flesh-and-blood Jesus who had survived the crucifixion. Paul needed to have a cover story as to why he started to preach Christianity when he was previously persecuting Christians. He couldn’t just say that Jesus was alive because people would then come looking for him. So, he concocted the story of a vision with a Jesus.

Through Paul’s efforts, the divinity of Jesus would eventually become an accepted fact within the Christian community. Thereafter, Paul went on to martyrdom, Christianity went on to conquer Western Civilization and Jesus… went on to India.

 

“The real Jesus would not have died for a cause, but he might have faked his death to promote such a cause.” – The Ethical Warrior, The Real Jesus